8 superior fastfood recipes destroying the myth that delivery is quicker
The only thing fast about fastfood is the rapidity in which your waistline grows and your budget shrinks. There are probably as many excuses for ordering fastfood or using the drive – thru as there are reasons to not stop drinking alcohol.
This article offers you eight easy to shop, prepare and cook recipes that are insanely easy and quick; so why do we default to fastfood delivery or drive-thru thinking it is quicker?
It’s Friday, you have finished work, you’re tired, need a shower and realise how hungry you are. As you drive home there is every chance you will see a pizza company advertising their waistline busting cuisine, and you get a little rumble.
There is every chance you will see a pizza shop…
At home you switch on the TV and again there is every chance you will see an advert for a pizza. (Dominoes and Pizza Hut spent a combined total of $209m on advertising between January 1 and April 30 2014)
Online or even by phone you order your pizza before taking a shower, (but definitely do no look at the nutritional content calorie counter) and by the time you finish and get ready to chill out your pizza…has not arrived…
On the 27th February 2014 Dominoes Australia posted on Facebook that their average delivery time is 24 minutes. The comments that followed are disgruntled customers slamming this claim and giving their opinion on the poor service and long delivery times as well as how poor the final product was.
Pizza Pizza guaranty they will deliver your pizza in 40 minutes. So let’s play with that figure. What can you cook in 40 minutes? Well without any forethought or preparation you might struggle. Keeping your larder correctly stocked is one of biggest issues people have, so the first thing we suggest is to use the recipe maker and shopping planner:
Here you will find a complete list of delicious ‘real world’ recipes. Use the drop down box to select your taste extravaganza, then choose the amount of servings you want and all the effort is done for you!
You have the choice to save and print your menu. The really clever bit is that you will have a shopping list made for you by the menu planner. This means busting through all the excuses about time, you have a shopping list, you have the recipe and you if don’t have time to shop…you can order the food online to be delivered to your home!
Remember your pizza delivery company have bought and prepared the foods, so this evens the odds up.
Ultimately its all just choice, you know fastfood is not good for you and facts and figures can be as boring as your empty larder, so here are some examples to whet your whistle and fire up your appetite for healthy, home-cooked fastfood!
Shrimp and basil pesto flatbread pizza requires 10 minutes of preparation time and 10 minutes of cooking time. So you have 20 minutes to take a shower and 20 minutes to prepare and cook your meal before pizza pizza arrive!
So why are you not cooking your own fastfood at home?
How many times will you pay for fastfood delivery?
Fastfood is convenient, easy and on occasion quick. I mean picking up the phone or opening an app, pressing a few buttons and within an hour you have hot food delivered to your door. Wow, really it sounds so good!
You are paying for the convenience of the fastfood product, that will leave you bloated and then constipated!
Eater compiled pricing data for a basic Margherita pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil) from every VPN-certified (Verace Pizza Napoletana) pizzerias throughout the continental U.S. to see where the cheapest pies can be found. According to their findings, these precious pies can range from $8.90 to $16 depending on your location.
I eat fastfood because I cannot cook
Okay this again is something we face often with clients and whilst Chef Ramsey might scream you out of the kitchen for burning the onions we won’t we show you that cooking is a basic skill that anyone with a just a touch of enthusiasm can quickly learn.
For curry lovers we recommend that you start with the paleo shrimp curry (under 500 calories, approximately one slice of pizza)
Here is how complex it is!
- In a large pan (one with a lid), heat the coconut oil on a medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, stir fry the cabbage for 3-5 minutes, until it softens
- Add the garlic and curry powder, and stir constantly for about a minute
- Now add, the cauliflower, mushrooms & spinach. Stir well to combine all the ingredients and then slowly add about half the water. Cover the pan, reduce to a medium/low heat and leave to simmer
- Once the cauliflower and cabbage are soft, add the shrimp to the pan. Cover once again and cook until the shrimp are done, only about 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp you use.
- Spoon the curry into serving bowls, and eat whilst hot. You get the best from the aroma that way.
Chef Ramsey offered £20 ($30) to a fastfood curry delivery service if they would get the curry to him in 20 minutes. That gave him and non-cooking DJ Chris Moyles 20 minutes to make a curry.
Here is the result condensed to 4 minutes.
Fastfood Is Just Not Good Food
If fastfood was good for people then there would be no obesity problem. Folk would chow down on burgers and fries and pizzas and shed the pounds and feel great. The reality is you keep eating fastfood and you get bigger and lazier, the though of cooking just seems like too much effort!
Remember when Morgan Spurlock went supersize for 30 days?
A Fastfood Confession from Margie Burton (because everyone is human)
Imagine the scene: the children are tired and hungry and want to eat, I am tired and hungry and want to eat, there is not much in the larder as it has not been stocked up, what is in there will take ages to cook at least thirty minutes if not more and me and the children need food now. Here was my rapid solution to this problem before I discovered and lived the lifestyle I do now…
- Discuss/argue on what fastfood place to buy from (5-10 minutes)
- Decide that regardless of all else that Wendy’s is closest to home (5 minutes)
- Get children to car, strap them in and drive off (5-10 minutes)
- Stop at ATM for cash (10 minutes)
- Drive to Wendy’s in average traffic (15 minutes)
- Arrive and park and join queue inside as children want to look at menu (15 minutes)
- Children choose their meals, get served, wait for food (15 minutes)
- Walk back to car, drive home, get out car, enter house (25 minutes)
- Eat cold, dull, bland burger and woeful fries (3 minutes)
Total time ~ 80 minutes to complete the trip and 3 minutes to eat the cold fastfood.
Don’t just take our word for it, Check out Real Money: Fast Food Versus Home-Cooked Meals on the ABC News blog, and look at how the time and money savings rack up![bctt tweet=”Cooking fastfood at home is quicker than delivery or drive-thru…here is proof…”]
EMGN.com put a post together called:
15 Horrifying Fast Food Truths That Prove You’re Better Off Cooking At Home
Aside from some of the most grotesque pictures ever of what your fastfood looks like when it is delivered to the restaurant they also claim that factory farmers are stuffing their poutlry full of drugs!
You might be ingesting them via your food. Factory farmers feed prescription drugs to their poultry, and we ingest them when we eat the meat. This is part of the reason we’re facing the beginning of an antibiotic resistance crisis.
So If Fastfood is That Bad, Give Me Some Ideas!
- Bursting Breakfast Burrito – Here’s a new breakfast twist… bursting breakfast burrito is fun to eat (read tricky) and totally satisfying. As with a number of our recipes, you can use this as a base, to add your own touches to the dish. Looking forward to hearing what you’ve done to make it your own.
- Chicken and Bacon Stuffed Avocado Lettuce Wraps – A new firm favorite for lunchtime is our Chicken Bacon and Avocado Stuffed Lettuce Wraps. This recipe contains, roasted chicken & bacon crumbles, but works just as well with shrimp or tuna, any meat/fish or crunchy salad veg. I find it really satisfies my appetite, I suspect because of the great breakout of carbs/fats/proteins. It keeps my hunger at bay until dinner for sure.
- Mahi Mahi Quesadillas – Hot, tasty and satisfying to be able to just eat with your fingers. Quesadillas have always been a favorite, but have really only been Paleo possible, since our Paleo Flat Breads have been on the scene.
- Easy Creamy Cauliflower Mash – All the home comfort of mashed potato, without the potato. Perfect for paleo meals, and keeping the carbs low.
- Pesto Salmon with Clean Cabbage Slaw – This Pesto Salmon recipe was created for a fast day, with leftovers from our weekend. It’s delicious, very low carb, and leaves you satisfied. The pesto with the Salmon was a nice combination, and the crunch of the slaw added extra dimension.
- Double Chocolate Muffins! – Margie couldn’t leave well alone, as always, she needed to find a way to squeeze some chocolate into our already scrumptious paleo protein muffins, so glad she did, as are the rest of the family, it was an instant hit. These double chocolate Paleo muffins give you another way to get healthy great tasting snacks into your families life.
We’d love to hear about your healthy fastfood recipes in the comments section below, or if you have made tweaks to ours. You can find many more delicious ideas in our recipe archives here you will find everything from date paste, Thai Pancakes and Paleo vegan cookies, so jump in and eat some delicious healthy fastfood today.
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